Originally Posted by dclark
There are some great amps that pop up every now and then on the used market. I don't consider the onkyo or the emotiva to be great. Good, yes. Great, no.
DCLARK, what are those great amps then (please keep in mind they theoretically should cost $500 or so used)?
It seems to me that you know a lot about this sort of gear, so I am anxious to learn here.
I can understand your sarcasm about the "meters". You see, there are different kinds of amp users.
Some prefer looks over sound (or at least they prefer aesthetics as much as the sound). I know this sounds laughable to you, but this sort of people (I am one of these idiots) wouldnt even look at an amp unless it has some kind of meters or at least a jumping light of sorts. Wouldn't make a difference if it was a one-of-a-kind $375,000 Goldmund Telos 5000 monoblock. If it doesn't light up like a Christmas tree, it is no good. You can paint an analog meter on a P.O.S. Pyle or Technical Pro amp and you couldn't pull us away from it with a bulldozer!
Others prefer function over form. I think you are such a reasonable person. I bet you can talk for hours about imaging, harmonic lushment, soundstage, channel separation, clipping, pitch differentiated acoustic energy and all other important things that would bore the first group to death. The wrapping means nothing to this second group. What's inside matters, though. If an amp reproduces the original recording faithfully, it is reasonably priced and reliable, then it is a good amp. Makes perfect sense.
In all honesty, I am aspiring to join the second group. But I am still trying to find an amp that will satisfy that childlish meter junkie inside and still sound natural.
Is there such a thing?